Sergio Alvarez Moya of Spain completed a speedy and effective tiebreaker to win his first LGCT Grand Prix in eight years. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
With an impressive jump-off round, Spanish rider Sergio Alvarez Moya won the sixth Grand Prix of the Longines Global Champions Tour 2017 held in Cannes, surpassing two former world number 1 riders such as Simon Delestre of France and Daniel Deusser of Germany.
The course designed by the Italian Uliano Vezzano had the participation of 25 pairs with its new format, where 10 of the riders would return to the tiebreaker, where 32-year-old Sergio Alvarez Moya recorded an unbeatable time of 35.76 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding Arrayan (Baloubet du Rouet x Grannus) owned by Alvarez Moya Horses SL, meaning 150 World Ranking Points for the winner and achieve his first victory in a Grand Prix Tour, after participating for eighth year. Taking giant strides in the latest measurements of the World Ranking, Sergio is now ranked 13th.
His advantage being very close to 1 second, the winner was escorted by French rider Simon Delestre World No. 10, completing his jump-ff round in 36.70 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding Hermes Ryan (Hugo Gesmeray x Ryon D’Anzex), while the world’s best seed and World No. 2 Daniel Deusser of Germany stopped the clock in 37.63 seconds accompanied by the 10-year-old gelding SX Hidalgo vg (Quadrillo x Andiamo) occupying the third place.
The last two double clear rounds were for Italian Alberto Zorzi in fourth place with a time of 38.30 seconds alongside the 11-year-old gelding MHS Going Global (Quidam Junior I x Cavalier Royale) and fifth place was Eric van de Vleuten of Netherland, with a time of 43.84 seconds accompanied by the 11-year-old mare Wunschkind 19 (Casall x Caletto I).
It only participated by the Pan-American Ranking Audrey Coulter from United States, demolishing a pole in its regular round and completing its route in 4 faults and 82.58 seconds with the 12-year-old stallion Colnardo (Colman x Coronado) in 12th place.